1036

Totoro, from the 1988 animated movie, “My Neighbour Totoro”, remains one of the most beloved characters to come out of the magical world of Ghibli. The story of the friendly giant who befriends a young girl in the forest is so enchanting that a trip to the woods today seems to come with the real possibility of a chance meeting with the furry animal, probably sheltering from the rain under a leaf and waiting for a new friend.

This festive season, people in Japan are using acorns to bring the magical world of Totoro into their homes and the results are adorable! From garden ornaments to wreaths, these photos show that the world under an acorn tree really is a great place to gather up some new forest friends. The fantasy is only limited by your imagination!

img_188248_3818016_0

Known as the “keeper of the forest”, Totoro may have the features of an owl, a cat, and a raccoon, but his figure most closely resembles that of an acorn.

P1000988

Take a walk under an acorn tree and collect an army of future Totoros. Give them a wash, pat them dry and they’re ready to be brought to life!

P1000992

P1000993

P1000995

Totoro appears with the help of a bit of white paint and some black ink.

P1000686

P1000996

Once you’ve created your Totoro friends, you can add them to a wreath for a unique Christmas decoration!

2009_1013

IMG_8315

2009_1013_7

Catbus! Acorns can be used to recreate any number of friends for Totoro.

2009_1013_8

fb655d14-s

The most adorable home for your Totoro collection would have to be in the garden. Just make sure they have the shelter of a leaf for those rainy days!

IMG_8274

Source: Hamusoku 
Images: Tukurukoto Kyoju Akazawamitsuishi Terutamago Rakuten Minnei’s Diary Souutudamono